Laura opened the front door while Laura and Victoria watched. Standing at the front door were Mr. Thomas Montgomery... and someone else. That "someone else" was a brown-haired young woman with blue eyes who was roughly the same height as Victoria and a ponytail in a different style from the Sabertooth mage's. The young woman also wore clothing consisting of a black shirt with a gray skirt and brown boots.
"Hello, everyone. I'm Thomas Montgomery and I've come here on important business.
" He greeted everyone. He stepped into the house and the young woman followed behind him. Lawrence walked over to the man and spoke to him.
"I'm Lawrence Sheridan, Victoria's uncle. What are you here for, Mr. Montgomery?
" Lawrence asked the dark-haired man in the three-piece suit.
"Hello, Mr. Sheridan. I'm here on behalf of Ms. Amy Sheridan, who is one of the other missing children of the late Phillip and Octavia Sheridan.
" The lawyer cordially greeted Lawrence and explained his reason for being there. Victoria's eyes met Amy's eyes. Amy's eyes met Victoria's.
Victoria did not know she had any siblings. How did she know that this person was not a cleverly dressed and incredibly persuasive imposter trying to con their way into taking the Sheridan Estate by manipulating Mr. Montgomery? Victoria could see the truth in people's body language, but she was not sure that such "evidence" would hold up in a court of law... or how she would even present it.
Then Victoria thought about it.Could this be what the fortune teller at the Halloween event was talking about when she claimed "a family separated by tragedy will be made whole again?"
Victoria thought about it a little more.
She was not sure if this was how the family was going to reunite. The fortune teller showed her an image of four people and the Sabertooth mage was under the impression that all four missing family members were going to return home at once. If this "Amy Sheridan" was really her sister, where were the rest of her missing siblings?
Then Victoria made her brain cells cry out in agony from overexertion by thinking even more about the fortune she had been told.Perhaps the fortune was not a prediction that everyone would return home at once.
Victoria put that train of thought on hold and looked towards Mr. Montgomery, who had presented her uncle with some papers. Lawrence received the papers and began reading them. Victoria paid close attention to what was happening.
"These papers are proof that Ms. Amy Sheridan is the daughter of Phillip and Octavia Sheridan.
" Mr. Montgomery said. Lawrence read through them and Victoria watched him without making a sound. Her uncle handed the papers back to Mr. Montgomery.
"So she's Amy Sheridan, huh? One of my brother's children?
" Lawrence asked the lawyer. He nodded.
"Yes, Mr. Sheridan. She willingly took DNA tests and other testing to prove her identity. The results came back positive. She's one of your nieces... and one of Victoria's sisters.
" Mr. Montgomery replied. Victoria blinked. From what she knew of him Mr. Montgomery was not prone to exaggeration or lying and always researched the subject, so if he said it was true it had to be true. Her uncle finished reading the papers and handed them back to the lawyer.
"It seems that everything's in order, Mr. Montgomery. I'm just surprised that I have another niece.
" Lawrence said and handed the papers back to Mr. Montgomery. Victoria blinked again. Amy made eye contact with the Sabertooth mage and smiled.
"Hi, Victoria! You've grown a lot since the last time I saw you!
" Amy said to Victoria. Victoria blinked a third time. She did not remember Amy at all, not even a really fuzzy memory.
"I can't say that I remember you.
" Victoria replied as diplomatically as she could to avoid offending her sister... if she really was her sister. The Sabertooth mage had lingering doubts about the veracity of Mr. Montgomery's claim. All of this seemed like a well-planned con job, but the lawyer had asserted that all of the documents proving Amy's identity and relationship to Lawrence and Victoria were legitimate. Mr. Montgomery had never lied to Victoria about anything, so he had
to be for real.
"Yeah, you wouldn't remember me. Not since we had to scatter for our own safety.
" Amy said. Victoria watched the other brunette's eyes the entire time Amy was talking. Every word of what Amy said rang as true.
"You were only six at the time, Victoria. The rest of us fled, but Mom and Dad kept you with them. They said that they were going to send you to safety too, but we had no idea whether they did or didn't.
" Amy said further. Again her words rang as true. The chances that Amy really was Victoria's sister were growing by the moment.
"Where... where did you go when you fled Capital Crocus?
" Victoria asked Amy.
" Amy replied. She had spoken the truth for a third time.
"Do you know where any of the other Sheridans went?
" Victoria asked Amy. The other brunette shook her head.
"No, not at all. We were told to scatter and we were told not to communicate so that our messages couldn't be intercepted and used to track us.
" Amy replied. That claim was another true statement. Victoria wondered what kind of threat was so bad that Phillip and Octavia told the other Sheridan children to go into hiding and to not communicate with one another.
" Victoria said, not really sure what to say to everything she had been told. Everything Amy had said had been true. Unless this was a really elaborate con job, this was really happening.Amy Sheridan had really come home.
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